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Professor Jim Taylor, PhD

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James E. Taylor is currently philosophy professor and chair of the philosophy department at Westmont. He received his B.A. in philosophy at Westmont, an M.A. in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He taught in the philosophy department at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio from 1987 to 1993 before joining the faculty at Westmont in 1994. Dr. Taylor has published a number of philosophical essays in professional journals. He has also recently written a book entitled Introducing Apologetics: Cultivating Christian Commitment (Baker Academic, 2006). The courses he teaches are Philosophical Perspectives, Modern and Contemporary Philosophy, Epistemology, Philosophy of Language, and Christian Apologetics. He was recognized as the Westmont College Teacher of the Year in the Humanities Division in 1997. Dr. Taylor is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Phi Sigma Tau (the national philosophy honor society).  He is also a member of the American Philosophical Association and the Society of Christian Philosophers. He is married to Jennifer and has three children: Sarah, Benjamin, and Nathaniel. Dr. Taylor and his family attend Montecito Covenant Church. 


Presentation Topic:

• Reasons for Belief: An Introduction to Christian Apologetics

Click here to see an outline of topics in Christian apologetics
» Above link is the Table of Contents from Jim Taylor's book, Introducing Apologetics: Cultivating Christian Commitment (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2006).